Newt Gingrich has replaced Herman Cain as the Romney alternative flavor of the month. But from the conservative point of view, is he any more trustworthy than slippery Mittens? NRO gives ten reasons why the answer is probably no. Newt has supported:
1. Medicare Part D, the disastrously expensive prescription drug entitlement inflicted by fellow RINO Bush 43.
2. Ethanol subsidies, the most outrageously corrupt and wasteful boondoggle this side of Solyndra.
3. The individual healthcare mandate, widely regarded as the most blatantly unconstitutional aspect of ObamaCare.
4. Dede Scozzafava, an alarmingly left-wing Up-State New York Congressional candidate who ran against conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.
5. Partial amnesty, as if sacrificing rule of law and territorial sovereignty to Hispander to undocumented Democrats would help Republicans in future elections.
6. TARP, by which our rulers traded the free market for crony capitalism and sank us into decades worth of unnecessary debt.
7. The Fairness Doctrine, an outrageously unconstitutional device by which liberals were able to suppress conservative voices in the media.
8. Tax credits, which often involve moronic meddling in the economy along the lines of the staggeringly foolish Cash for Clunkers farce.
9. The global warming hoax — the deal-breaker for anyone who rejects an authoritarian centrally planned economy.
Is there nothing Newt doesn’t support? Sure there is: 10. Paul Ryan’s excellent budget plan, which he denounced as “right-wing social engineering.”
If all that isn’t enough to scare a stain into your trousers, try this:
Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.
Freddie Mac and the corrupt politicians who enable it are largely responsible not only for the 2008 collapse, but for our continuing economic problems in the present — and an impending still worse crisis in the future.
Maybe the mantra “anyone but Mitt” should be expanded to “anyone but Mitt or Newt.”
When the smoke clears, however, either Romney or Gingrich would be a massive improvement on what we have now.
On tips from AC.